Born on Christmas Day, 1642
A secretive man who spent years trying to turn ordinary metals into gold
One of the greatest geniuses of all time
Isaac Newton was always a loner, preferring to spend his time contemplating the mysteries of the universe. When the plague broke out in London in 1665 he was forced to return home from college. It was during this period of so much death, that Newton gave life to some of the most important theories in modern science, including gravity and the laws of motion.